Monday, January 30, 2012

Carotid Artery Imaging~

Today I am going to the doctor for a follow up on my Carotid Artery imaging that I had done last week. This is the first time I have ever had this done. The image I posted is exactly what it looked like when the technician was scanning my arteries in my neck. I will get my results at my appointment today as well as all of my blood work.

Heart Blessings~

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Good ~vs~ Bad

What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is white, waxy, and powdery. You can’t see it, taste it, or smell it. Your body needs some cholesterol to work right. But too much of the wrong kind of cholesterol can cause problems.
High cholesterol (cole-es-ter-all, a waxy film that can build up and clog your blood flow) is the main reason that people get heart disease.
Your blood carries cholesterol through your arteries to different parts of your body. Some of that cholesterol is made in your liver. The rest of it comes from what you eat. Your body needs some cholesterol to work right.

When you have too much fat in your body, that fat changes into LDL or what is called “bad” cholesterol.
Sometimes, LDL cholesterol sticks to the walls of your arteries. Over time, this blocks your arteries, and the blood flow slows down. Blocked arteries can lead to heart disease.
The other kind of cholesterol, called HDL, helps free some of the LDL cholesterol from the walls of your arteries, allowing your blood to flow better. That is why HDL is called “good” cholesterol.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Yale Heart Study-

The Yale Heart Study Needs Study Participants
The Yale Heart Study is concerned with how people get medical care when they are having symptoms of a heart attack. We are asking people who have had a heart attack to share their experiences at their our website: The goal of this study is to help people get care as quickly as possible when they are having heart attack symptoms.

The study is being conducted on the internet and takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete depending on your experiences. Participation in this study is completely anonymous. The study has been approved by the Yale University Institutional Review Board and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. If you have any questions about this study please contact us at

If you know of someone who has had a heart attack, there is a place on the website for you to invite them to participate in our study.

We hope some of you will help us to help others. The study address, again, is

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Hello my beloved friends and family~
This month is National Heart Month! It is a month to really focus on our happy and healthy hearts for the year! Take the time to get your blood pressure, your blood tests, and make a plan for a fun cardio work out!

As a survivor I am totally going to be IN YOU FACE about your heart health. Heart disease IS THE NUMBER #1 Killer of men and women.

Don't be a statistic.... get you heart checked out!
Heart HUGS & Blessings~

Monday, September 27, 2010

Desiree's 50th Birthday Bash to benefit American Heart Association

Join me on October 23rd at 7:30 pm to celebrate my 5oth birthday! As a heart attack survivor and a loving volunteer for the AHA, this will be a fund raiser and all proceeds will benefit the Go Red for Women Campaign. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women and men here in the USA and many other countries. Enjoy a night of fun and celebration!
No host bar. (drinks are like $2 !!) Special guests from the AHA will be attending!

The Event venue:
Sportsman Yacht Club
3301 Wilbur Avenue
Antioch, Ca

date: Saturday, October 23rd
time: 7:30 p.m.
Sit down heart healthy dinner (choices will be given once you have confirmed your ticket)
Bottled Wine at each table. Robert Mondavi/Woodbridge
Live music jam- some of the areas best talent will be playing through out the evening.
So come and dance your ass off! Great cardio work out!

I will be blessed by your presence!


$60 per couple
$40 stag (so find a date!) save $10

Payments can be made through paypal (left hand side of this blog) or personal check
payable to :
Desiree Heinen
1013 W 3rd Street #B
Antioch, Ca 94509

Please respond by October RSVP ASAP and payment for tickets must be by October 15th.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Olive Oil Magical Powers Revealed-- Real Age

You already know that olive oil is chock-full of healthy fats. But here's another reason to cook with it: Olive oil might actually help "turn off" genes that could harm your heart.

In a study, eating a diet with lots of polyphenol-rich olive oil helped suppress genes related to heart-damaging inflammation and oxidation. Quite the modern-sounding health benefit for an oil that's been around since the days of Homer.

Mediterranean Magic
In fact, olive oil has been a dietary staple in Greek and other cultures for millennia. And it seems those Greeks really have a good thing going. In a study where people ate either olive-oil-infused Mediterranean meals or their regular diet for 3 months, the olive oil group's blood tests suggested better heart health. Specifically, their tests showed fewer markers of inflammation and oxidative damage -- thanks in part to a reduced expression of genes that influence these harmful processes.

Oil Me Up
DNA damage and atherosclerosis also were slowed in the olive oil group. But most of these good-for-your-heart changes were more pronounced in a select group of participants who were given an extra-polyphenol-rich version of olive oil, leading researchers to suspect it's the polyphenols that make olive oil so good for your heart. And the study results help confirm that olive oil is one of the key reasons Mediterranean diets are so good for overall health.

Bring all the wonderful flavors and health benefits of olive oil to your table with these recipes:

* Skip the onion dip, and make this creamy, healthful spread instead: Hummus.
* Say no to processed meat and have this for lunch: Grilled Eggplant Panini.
* Have this simple Mediterranean fish dish for dinner: Roasted Cod with Warm Tomato-Olive-Caper

Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Happy Healthy Heart!

I am so blessed to be here today writing this blog. I woke up this morning with an overwhelming feeling of joy and happiness!! I know that in my heart I hold the key to a life of happiness and healthiness and that it truly is my choice!

May your day be filled with love and gratitude!
From the heart~